Over the past twenty-two years Mile High Youth Corps has served over 2,000 youth in our programs but never before has Mile High Youth Corps seen such a high volume of Corpsmembers returning as Crew Leaders. Over the next few weeks we would like to highlight those who have returned to continue their service with us. Before joining Mile High Youth Corps Bridgette had earned her degree in Environmental Science and was studying Spanish in Panama, Jacob was working for Energy Resource Center as a Weatherization Technician. Bridgette was on AmeriCorps Leadership & Conservation (ACLC) crew in 2012 and Jacob was on our Sawyer crew in 2012, then returned for our Fall Hybrid crew and again the next summer for our Sawyer crew. They both had positive experiences while working on their crews, Jacob said, “I really enjoy camping and spending time in the outdoors, but my favorite part is getting the opportunity to connect with other like-minded young people.” Their experiences are what made them want to become Crew Leaders. Bridgette said, “I had so much fun as a Corpsmember in 2012 and learned so much and I thought it would be cool to help other people achieve and experience what I was able to do.” Jacob wanted to lead a crew because he enjoyed the logistics and preparing for the camping trips. Having the responsibility of making sure that they have everything they need is challenging and fun.
Jacob is most looking forward to getting to know his Corpsmembers and hearing all of their individual stories. He also hopes to achieve a perfect safety record over the summer and become a more responsible, productive member of the community. Bridgette is hoping to have all of her Corpsmembers earn their education awards by the end of the summer and help people gain a better appreciation for the environment. After completing their terms here at Mile High Youth Corps Bridgette would like to continue her education and move on to graduate school, focusing in Natural Resource Management. Jacob is enjoying the work that he is doing now and taking his time working in his community, he does have goals of returning to school and focusing on a science major. Welcome back Jacob and Brigette! We are so proud of the work that you have accomplished as Corpsmembers and can’t wait to see you grow even more as Crew Leaders.